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Its Been Standing for 7 Years - What to Check?


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It seems that i may soon come to be in possession of a CB500 which has been left standing in a heated garage for the last 7 years!

The seller of the item has offered to MOT and service it before giving me - but i'm just concerned due to the length of time in question here.

Assuming i receive it in "working condition" as it would be after MOT+service - what should i check that the seller may have missed off (especially fluid-wise). Also, are there items that should be replaced after having been stood so long (e.g. i can think of tyres). I just don't want to find out what's missing the hard way! (i.e. the front brake crumbling to dust on first use or something)

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Possibly change tyres, brake pads and shoes, all fluids, battery, air filter, wash through fuel tank thoroughly and maybe even the clutch.

You may also find some cables have rusted into their sleeves.

Personally I would just take it to a garage and let them sort it all out - as I really dont like getting dirty!

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Out interest - is it cheap as chips?


£750. M-reg 1995. 16,000 miles.

According to Parkers Used Bike Prices, it should be in good condition for the money + age (£760), but on the other hand on another post (http://themotorbikeforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=16218) i was told the Parkers prices are way too low and that i should expect to pay far more in the real world.

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